Gender and Trade in East Africa: A Review of the Literature

The following is a review of literature on gender and trade in East Africa. It is focused on the countries of the East African Community (EAC) (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) and on the gender dimensions of regional integration and trade facilitation. The study will be used to inform the gender approach of DFID’s TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) program as well as other work on trade, gender and development. The review is aimed at policymakers and practitioners with different degrees of understanding about gender and trade.

Amanda Shaw
UK Department for International Development (DFID)
February 2010


Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here